012. [BRATHWAITE (Richard)] Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England, In Latin and English Metre, … Together with Bessy Bell, … The Third Edition, wih several New Copper Cuts, London, Printed for S. Illidge, 1723

Overall a pleasing, complete copy; one of the subsequent owners was one ‘R. Coates, BEF 1918 Sep.17.’ A diverting read for a World War I soldier, and perhaps explaining the wear to the binding. The contents are clean and sound.

8vo, 10 ff., pp. 175 (1), 4 ff. index, frontis. & 5 engraved plates, later (19th c.) polished pigskin, large gilt armorial on upr. cvr., (one or two headlines partially cropped, binding worn).

£265

011. BLUNT (John James) Vestiges of Ancient Manners and Customs, discovered in Modern Italy and Sicily, London, John Murray, 1823

Rare. Richard Ford’s copy: it once held his bookplate and 2 signatures, but these have been removed by an unscrupulous autograph hunter. A few marginal & other notes, and the offset of his bookplate, are all that remain of Ford’s ownership. Intriguingly this copy also carries the collation note and number, in pencil, from one of the Beckford sales.

8vo, pp. xvi, 293 +1 (n.n.) colophon, original boards (the binding is scrappy and needs attention; f.e.p.’s chopped).

£300

098. WATTS (Isaac) The Psalms of David; imitated in the language of the New Testament by . . . [bound with] Hymns and Spiritual Songs. In Three Books, Derby, Printed by and for H. Mozley, 1817

16mo, pp. iv, 264; iv, 242, 21 ff., early 19th. century black ripple-grain calf, spine and covers gilt ruled, spine gilt lettered “Watts Hymns,” a.e.g., (some leaves close shaved at the head, touching a few headlines; ink blot affecting two leaves of index at the back; back end-paper gone; otherwise very good). Gift inscription to Martha Walker 1828

£120

092. [Tom PAINE] WATSON (Richard, Bishop of Landaff) An Apology for the Bible, in a Series of Letters adressed to Thomas Paine …, London, Printed for T. Evans, 1796

Fourth Edition. Owner name of Ralph C. Hopton. The present edition was prepared for widespread release by the alarmed authorities in towns, among “unlearned peoples” thought to be at risk of radicalisation by Paine.

12mo, 2 ff., pp. 120, uncut and stitched as issued in the original wrappers.

£80

090. TENNANT (Stephen) Leaves from a Missionary’s Notebook. The Adventures of Felix Littlejohn, London, Secker & Warburg, 1929

First Edition, Limited to 125 copies ‘specially printed on vellum paper,’ out-of-series copy, not signed. A fairly typically wry piece written and flamboyantly illustrated by Tennant, and dedicated to E.M.Forster. Tennant, one of the original “Bright Young Things” of the 1920’s & 30’s, of whom Cecil Beaton remarked:. “He makes the rest of the world seem squalid,” is perhaps best known now for his relationship with Siegfried Sassoon. However, a recent stage play revived interest, and in 2008 Jasper Conran cited this particular book as a source of inspiration, cutting a course between “prim and saucy.”

lge. 8vo, unpaginated, illustrated throughout, pale yellow cloth, upper cover gilt lettered, front pictorial panel of d.w. only, loose in the back of the book.

£150

088. [SPAIN & NORTH AFRICA] JACKSON (Mary Catherine) Word-Sketches of the Sweet South, London, Richard Bentley, 1873

First Edition. Jackson’s travels take in Gibraltar, Granada and the Alhambra, Seville, Malaga, Tangiers, etc. COPAC locates copies at the BL, NL of Scotland, Oxford & Cambridge.

8vo, frontispiece, half-title, title, 2 ff., pp. 301, original brown cloth gilt and black decoration, (some foxing to first and last ff., but essentially a fine copy), a.e.g.

£275

087. [SLAVERY] BESSET (Jane) The Black Princess. A True Story for Young Persons, London, George Routledge, [1870]

First published in 1854, this is the second (and final) issue. COPAC lists only the BL / V&A for the first edition, and the BL only for this. A clean and tidy copy; the spine a little faded.

16mo, pp. viii, 168, frontispiece & 3 plates after John Gilbert, publisher’s brown cloth gilt (spine slightly faded), a.e.g., Brighton bookseller’s ticket to front paste-down.

£40

086. SEMPLE (Robert) Observations made on a Tour from Hamburg, through Berlin, Gorlitz, and Breslau, to Silberburg; and thence to Gottenburg, London, Printed for Robert Baldwin . . . and J. Murray, 1814

First Edition. COPAC: O, Glasgow, NL of Scot, Cambridge, BL, TC Dublin. Robert Semple (1766-1816), American born son of British parents, travelled widely on business through Europe, the Cape, and South America. In the present work, he relates his travels during dangerous times and his arrest and imprisonment as a suspected American spy by Lord Cathcart. In 1815, through the influence of Lord Selkirk, Semple was appointed governor or chief agent for the Hudson Bay Company. During a dispute with the rival North-West company in 1816 he was shot and mortally wounded.

8vo, pp. viii, 267, (5, adverts), untrimmed in original boards (rebacked).

£325

085. SEDLEY (Sir Charles) The Mulberry-Garden, A Comedy. As it is Acted by His Majesty’s Servants at the Theatre-Royal. Written by the Honourable Sir Charles Sidley [sic], London, Printed for H. Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1675

Wing S2403; W & M, 1014. A decent copy of this Restoration tragi-comical play which was first published and performed in 1668; Samuel Pepys, who had long looked forward to it, was severely disappointed. The play was then apparently revived for the 1674/5 season, and presumably also revised at this time, and it is this re-issue that we have here.
The original Mulberry-Garden, to which the title refers, was a four acre orchard, planted by James I in 1609, on the site of the present (north-west corner of) Buckingham Palace. King James had been hoping to kickstart English silkworm production, but unfortunately chose the wrong sort of bush. Clement Walker in ‘Anarchia Anglicana’ (1649) refers to “new-erected sodoms and spintries at the Mulberry Garden at S. James’s”; which suggests it may at that date have been a place of debauchery. In 1674, Goring House, which occupied part of the site adjacent to the Mulberry Garden, burnt down, which perhaps explains the play’s revival at that particular date.

4to, 1 f. blank, 1 f. title, 1 f. dedication, 1 f. ‘Dramatis Personnae,’ / Prologue, pp. 75 (1, Epilogue), later boards (spine worn and semi detached, large inksplash on A4, a few small pin-hole burns passim).

£325